PA - Homestead, Female 143UFPA, 20-40, Oct'00 - Amanda Myers

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  1. XcomSquaddie

    XcomSquaddie BRB

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    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/143ufpa.html

    I couldn't find anything else in local news. Has anyone heard of this case before?



    The Doe Network:
    Case File 143UFPA


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    Reconstructions of Victim
    Unidentified White Female
    • Discovered on October 3, 2000 in Homestead, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
    • No definitive cause of death has been established.
    • Estimated date of death: February 2000
    • Mummified & Skeletal Remains

    Vital Statistics
    • Estimated age: 20 - 40 years old
    • Approximate Height and Weight: 5'4"
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Strands of fine, medium brown hair were located. Average build. Her toe nails were painted with silver polish.
    • Dentals: Available. A metal crown made of a material used only by eastern European dentists was found on the first molar on the left side. They indicate that the woman may have recently immigrated from Europe or traveled there, possibly as an exchange student. She has all 32 adult teeth, indicating that she was probably older than the late teens. Three fillings are in the teeth, but a couple of cavities in the upper molars showed that a dentist hadn't cared for her recently.
    • Clothing: She wore a pair of socks.
    • Other: Police think she may have been Eastern European or Russian.

    Case History
    The victim was found just behind the Giant Eagle on East Waterfront Drive, in a former railroad tunnel near the Homestead Waterfront.
    Near a substantial congregation of Russian immigrants in that area of Homestead.
    Unable to determine if there were drugs or alcohol in the remains due to the level of decomposition. No marks or scars suggesting violence could be seen.

    Investigators
    If you have any information about this case please contact:
    Allegheny County Police
    412-473-3000
    Homestead Police
    412-461-7736
    Or
    Medical Examiner's Office
    412-350-4800


     
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    Soonerbabie New Member

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    She's been in the news several times since she was found. Many of the articles are now only available through newslibrary.com (for a fee) and the triblive archives, links only take you to the interconnect page (not to the articles themselves), but these links you should be able to access with no problem:

    http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/news/97809/detail.html

    http://www.post-gazette.com/regionstate/20001124bodyreg3.asp

    http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/news/541848/detail.html

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07276/822388-52.stm
    (this one also mentions 3 other Jane Does in the Pittsburgh area)

    http://pennsylvaniamissing.com/143ufpahomestead.html
     
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    Soonerbabie New Member

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    You turn it in. Ive never done it before. I'm chicken.
     
  7. pittsburghgirl

    pittsburghgirl New Member

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    If the woman was an illegal immigrant, or living with or among recent immigrants or illegals, they might not have reported to the police that she was missing. So it may be that she is not in the system, so to speak.

    Procopia looks like a physical match, but she was left/dumped in an urban area where it would be more likely that suspicious behavior will attract attention. Usually women found like that around here have turned out to be local, in one sense or another. I think it more likely that she was an immigrant (there are a number or Russians, Serbs, Croatians, etc. in this area) or a student who came to the U.S. and whose family might not be aware that she is missing.
     
  8. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/143ufpa.html
    http://www.nampn.org/cases/ciesek_magdalena.html

    This is a very long shot but I thought I'd post it anyway. The age (19 vs. 20-40) and the height (5'5" vs. 5'4") could be a match, and the missing person immigrated from Poland in 1995 so it matches the not-quite-recent Eastern European dentistry. The resemblance is not striking but the shape of the face looks different to me in the two different reconstructions. The short haired one looks more like Magdalena. Medium brown hair was located near the UID; in one of Magdalena's photos she has brown hair and in the other dyed blonde with darker roots. She had mentioned moving to USA, possibly Florida so that could explain her being found in PA. There's a discussion about her. http://www.crimeandjustice.us/forums/index.php?showtopic=10&pid=16&mode=threaded&show=&st=&#entry16
    If the information is correct, her family had difficulty making a missing person's report and the investigation started only 2003. She had not contacted her child. She had told her sister that together with her Russian friend she was going to the USA to work as a waitress, so that might explain how she ended up where there are many Russian immigrants.

    The buts: the missing person went missing two months after the estimated time of death and if it really was her alive and well picking up the driving licence in 2002 then she's obviously ruled out. Could it have been someone who stole her identity? How strict identity checks do they have in Toronto when you pick up a driver's licence? She had talked about moving so it could be that she just voluntarily broke contact with her family. Magdalena has tattoos; no mention of them on the UID but the state of the remains might have rendered them unrecognizable. No mention on doenetwork if the UID had given birth.

    Any thoughts?
     
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    evaporatedone New Member

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    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/143ufpa.html

    I live very near to where this Jane Doe was located, and this case has interested me for quite a while. Just a little background: the shopping plaza she was located near is quite busy, and borders the crime-ridden, run-down steel town of Homestead. There have been a few body finds, murders and other various crimes over the years in the Waterfront shopping plaza the Giant Eagle is located in, most near the plaza's border to the Monongahela River, or in the various restaurants. Because of crime concerns, a tracking system has been put into the entrances to the Waterfront, taking note of all license plates entering the plaza.

    The Pittsburgh area in general has a high concentration of Russian immigrants. I've shown this Jane Doe to Russian co-workers, with no positive responses, but it was mentioned to me that the composite ought to be put up in area Russian specialty markets, which there are more than a few. I'm going to make some print-outs of her doe page, blow up the picture, and hit a few markets this weekend. Hopefully this helps reach the immigrant community.
     
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    That reconstruction reminds me a lot of Michaela Godau
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/572dfsau.html

    In 1982 Michaela was a fifteen year old who did not want to return with her family to Germany from Australia. She disappeared along with cash, her passport and some of her personal effects.
     
  12. Hope32

    Hope32 Mainly Lurker Sometimes Sleuther

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    According to NamUs (NamUs UP #2642 https://identifyus.org/cases/2642), she has been identified. Does anyone have any more information about who she was, if she was reported missing, really from East Europe, etc?
     
  14. Donjeta

    Donjeta Adji Desir, missing from Florida

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    https://identifyus.org/es/cases/2642
    Amanda Meyers.

    Amanda Myers http://pennsylvaniamissing.com/myersamandasue.html

    There is nothing explicitly mentioned here about an Eastern European background.
     
  15. Ambercat

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    Thanks for letting me know. Was she IDed by DNA? She really does look like the reconstruction with the long hair. Meyers is usually a German last name.

    I wonder if the part about the dental work was an error? There is another UID from Washoe County, NV who supposedly has Eastern European dentistry, too; maybe this is sort of a heads up to look at the more local missing people and not be quite so distracted by things like that because it doesn't seem to be that reliable. Recently, there was also the young woman from Jamaica who was murdered by her dad and step-mom (Melanie, sorry I don't remember her last name), who before she was IDed was thought to be a recent immigrant from Northeast Africa.
     
  16. chaddylex

    chaddylex Verified Insider

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    I was just shopping last week at the Waterfront where the girl's body was found. I think I gave up looking on this case because I couldn't find anyone that matched up with Eastern European dentistry.

    Glad she was finally identified, her family will at least have some closure. RIP Amanda.

    Amanda's last name is the same as my grandma's maiden name. It is a common last name here in Western PA.

    Here is Amanda's pic compared to the reconstruction.

    150_Myers,_Amanda_Sue.jpg 143UFPA.jpg
     
  17. CarlK90245

    CarlK90245 UID Moderator Moderator

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    Amanda's listed height (5'7") was off by three inches from the 5'4" listed height of the Jane Doe. And there were no listed tattoos on the supposedly "mummified" remains. Amanda had several tattoos.

    Also, there was no mention that the Jane Doe had given birth. Amanda had given birth to twins, which she gave up for adoption.

    She may have gotten the European dental work from an immigrant dentist working locally. She was living a transient lifestyle, so perhaps she found a low-budget dentist in the local immigrant community.
     
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    chaddylex Verified Insider

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    Imagine them being off on the height... We've seen this more and more and it can result in the missing being over looked as possible matches... What a shame...
     
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    CarlK90245 UID Moderator Moderator

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    That's why I never set a height parameter on my screens anymore. I look at the height after the list has been generated.
     
  20. chaddylex

    chaddylex Verified Insider

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    Here is an article from our Noon News:http://www.wtae.com/news/local/allegheny/Woman-found-dead-at-Homestead-Waterfront-in-2000-finally-identified/-/10927008/7694130/-/6auva6/-/index.html?treets=pit&tid=2655668618813&tml=pit_12pm&tmi=pit_12pm_1_10500111162012&ts=H



    On Friday morning, the medical examiner's office said the woman has finally been identified through DNA as Amanda Myers, 22, of Pittsburgh.


    Police got a DNA sample from Myers' family after she was reported missing and submitted it to an FBI lab for testing, the medical examiner's office said



    Read more: http://www.wtae.com/news/local/alle...8/7694130/-/6auva6/-/index.html#ixzz2CPk4n2K1
     
  21. deca

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    What are you opinions of the reconstruction now that we have a picture? It is definitely similar, but the face shape seems off to me. JMO
     

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